Pecan Press

north north east east sourth There have been "observations" that neighborhood blocks expected to be covered by Pecan Press distribution are being missed and there is no formal way to remedy this. So during the summer of 2011, Wanda Penn, John Kerr (rest in peace), the HPNA Steering Committee, and myself, George Wyche, took a particular interest in Pecan Press Coverage. See the maps below or click on the map to the right..

I sent out about 60 questionnaires with SASE enclosed and have received about 45 back. I have turned those into 4 maps showing the KNOWN coverage. It has evolved over the last year and a half.

Table of Contents

Areas needing volunteers
Maps of those areas
Pecan Press Interconnections
Deliverer? Read this.
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Areas needing volunteers

Missing delivery for a long time:
  1. All of Depew
  2. All of Bennett
  3. The few homes on 4000 Blk of Speedway

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Maps of the list

CLICK on the images for large version of the diagrams
The blue numbers are from a list I have made of the people who get out there and put Pecan Press on the doors of houses.
PURPLE shading is for areas that are KNOWN to not being covered... for one or more of a variety of reasons.
458-9709 and/or g@cjwyche.org to help with additional information.

This is my map for the North East portion of Pecan Press Coverage and is the one most checkered. The purple shaded areas have no deliverers.

Map of north east Pecan Press Coverage


The South part of Hyde Park has a few areas that need attention. Know anyone?

Map of south Pecan Press Coverage


The neighborhood East of Hyde Park could use coverage:

Map of east Pecan Press Coverage


The North part of Hyde Park

Map of north Pecan Press Coverage



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Pecan Press Connections

We are having Pecan Press changes this summer and these are a few of things that are coming out of that. Mostly just notes at the moment. Here is my understanding of information and money flow.

Diagram of some of Pecan Press operations


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What does a deliverer do?

Required:
  1. Your block distributor needs to know where to place your pile of Pecan Press copies
  2. They need to know how many to put there.
  3. They need to know if you will be able to deliver them in the next couple weeks (or ever again!)
  4. You need to know who to contact when there is any sort of problem with delivery, i.e. the "chain of command".

#1

Think of a good place for your copy pile to be dropped off. SOMEDAY it will be raining at the time of delivery to you. It such situations usually the Block Distributor will enclose them in a plastic bag if they think it won't be out of the rain well enough for the delivery spot.

#2

You can adjust the # of copies you get. Best is to go walk the area that you will be helping with and count the places to give newsletters to.
  1. All single family dwellings and duplexes.
  2. If you are doing a block that has alleys behind the houses, then you are expected to deliver alley-to-alley. That means to houses are around the corner "to the alley".
  3. Don't miss garage apartments
  4. Just because you cannot get to the door of someplace because of pets or locked gates, just leave them someplace nearby that they will see.

#3

Block coordinators get their large batches sometime between Thursday evening and Sunday noon, but usually Friday night or Saturday morning on the weekend before the monthly HPNA meeting. Then those guys (of which I am one) split our big pile into smaller ones for Block deliverers (You) and drop them off ASAP to give you the widest delivery options as we can. The general idea is to get copies to homes before the meeting at 7pm on Monday as an aid to increase attendance, but that is "a fantasy" as near as I can tell. I suppose direct mailers are ecstatic with a 3% response rate, but as a volunteer, promptness for that reason is not high on my priority list.

I deliver 4300 Block (& 4400 Block such as it is) of Ave F often on Monday morning when its cool, but mostly a half hour before dark on Sunday evening.

The Post Office is very firm in their insistence that newsletters NOT be in anyway at the U.S.Mailbox. Spindling a copy to push into space afforded by the door knob or decorative metal work or just lain at the door are ways that work. If there is knowledge of trouble with animals, then sticking it in a gate or fence works just fine!

After you've done the route 2 or 3 times you will find that it takes about 10 to 15 seconds per home once you step on their side walk. I found that if somebody at the house sees you, just say, "Here is your neighborhood association newsletter!" and either hand it to them or put it in the usual place. [Once you are known along your route, talk to them all you want..]

It seems that Fresh Plus gets any significant surplus of newsletters that otherwise burns your soul to see confined, unread, to a recycling bin. I have gone to Fresh Plus to get copies when (in someone's rush) I have been shorted on allotment.

Please be sensible about delivering in inclimate weather. If it is raining (fat chance), put it off.

#4

It is a goal of this Pecan Press initiative to arrange an easy way to get in touch with someone to deliver the route if you cannot do it for whatever reason in some month. However, since there is no hard and fast delivery date, delivering (or, shudder the thought, doubling up the next month) the following weekend or whatever is no blight. My experience is that this minor task of home delivery is very easy to overlook if you are intent on being out of town at the beginning of the month and will ONLY be remembered when you get back in town and see the pile sitting there.

We have deliverers that do it for a few months and then realize they really are out-of-town too much to be responsible, and we have several deliverers that started in 1976. One family is proud that 3 successive generations have taken up delivery to their route. It is usually the case that a deliverer will offer up their own successor instead of just quietly abandoning a route. The moment I find out that one of my block deliverers is ceasing, I go house to house in that area seeking a replacement or if I have time, I "advertise" in the Pecan Press itself or to the yahoo group. If all of that fails, I deliver it myself until I am motivated enough to get someone else to do it. ALL of these happen.


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